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The Best Current Shows That Deal with Race Relations

Updated May 14, 2021 398 votes 249 voters 15.1k views27 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that deal with race issues and are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

Throughout history, television has reflected what is going on in society. Currently, there is no more volatile issue than race relations and these are the best TV shows of that deal with race, ranked according to your votes.

Most of the programs on this list are not just about race. Shows like Atlanta and Fresh Off The Boat, are primarily comedies or sitcoms, however, they feature themes or prominent episodes where race is explored. They may offer a hilarious half hour of television, but more importantly, they explore everything from microagressions to the wide generation gap between immigrants from poor countries juxtaposed with their American-raised, affluent children.

There are also shows on this list that explore racism as their main focus. The ABC anthology show American Crime centers on race, class, and gender within the biased American legal system. Of course, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, a fictionalized detailed deconstruction of the trial of the century, also revolves around race. The defense knew that in order to win an un-winnable case, they had to make the trail singularly about racial prejudice and injustice.

Vote up the best shows below to rank the best television that deals with race, or add any other good TV series about race that aren't already listed.

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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white,...  more

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    When They See Us

    Michael Kenneth Williams, Vera Farmiga

    PremieredMay 31, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Crime drama, Law

    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of color,...  more

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    Atlanta

    Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry

    PremieredSeptember 6, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his rapper...  more

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    The Chi

    Ntare Mwine, Jacob Latimore

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by...  more

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    Insecure

    Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji

    PremieredOctober 9, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji)...  more

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    Master of None

    Aziz Ansari, Lena Waithe

    PremieredNovember 6, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old actor in...  more

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    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell

    PremieredApril 28, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a...  more
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    Warrior

    Andrew Koji, Jason Tobin

    PremieredApril 5, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Martial arts

    Warrior (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action television series created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin. In late 1800s San Francisco during the Tong Wars, a martial arts prodigy from China moves...  more

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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson

    PremieredMarch 27, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a Seatle...  more

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    Queen Sugar

    Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner

    PremieredSeptember 6, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Queen Sugar (OWN, 2016) is an American drama television series created by Ava DuVernay. Three siblings - an activist (Rutina Wesley), a sports manager (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), and a single father (Kofi...  more
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    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to...  more

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    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Arturo Castro

    PremieredAugust 28, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar...  more

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    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    PremieredJanuary 31, 1999

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Animated

    Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their...  more

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    Raising Dion

    Alisha Wainwright, Ja'Siah Young

    PremieredOctober 4, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Children

    Raising Dion (Netflix, 2019) is an American science fiction television series developed by Carol Barbee, based on the short film and comic book by Dennis Liu. A single mom must hide her young son's...  more

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    To Rome for Love

    Gina Neely, Shay Atkins

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    To Rome for Love (Bravo, 2018) is a reality television series that follows five women, each in a different stage of their life with unique stories of love, but all share in the same challenges of...  more
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    Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas

    Lindsay Seidel, Amber Benson

    PremieredJuly 2, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Drama

    Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO, 2018) is an American documentary television series. Host Wyatt Cenac takes a satirical look at social and cultural issues....  more
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    Little America

    Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik

    PremieredJanuary 17, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Comedy

    Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of the show shares the true stories of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of...  more

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    Diary of a Future President

    Tess Romero, Charlie Bushnell

    PremieredJanuary 17, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Diary of a Future President (Disney+, 2020) is an American comedy television series created by Ilana Peña. Told from the narration of her diary, the show follows a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl...  more

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    Rutherford Falls

    Ed Helms, Jana Schmieding

    PremieredApril 22, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Rutherford Falls (Peacock, 2021) is an American sitcom created by Ed Helms, Michael Schur, and Sierra Teller Ornelas. A small town in upstate New York is turned upside down when local legend and town...  more

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    #Freerayshawn

    Stephan James, Laurence Fishburne

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    #Freerayshawn (Quibi, 2020) is a drama television web series created by Marc Maurino. A young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn finds himself in a showdown with the New Orleans SWAT team and...  more
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    Love in the Time of Corona

    Leslie Odom Jr., Nicolette Robinson

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Dating, Comedy

    Love in the Time of Corona (Freeform, 2020) is a dating comedy television series created by Joanna Johnson. The two-part, four-hour romantic comedy takes a look at the interconnected stories of...  more

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    Woke

    Lamorne Morris, T. Murph

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Woke (Hulu, 2020) is an American comedy television series starring Lemorne Morris. Keef (Morris) is a cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes his life....  more

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    Small Axe

    Thomas Coombes, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr

    PremieredOctober 5, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Anime

    Small Axe (Amazon Video, 2020) is a British-American anthology series, created and directed by Steve McQueen. The series tells five stories looking at the lives of a group of friends and their...  more

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    Wrong Kind of Black

    Clarence Ryan, Aaron L. McGrath

    PremieredAugust 5, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Wrong Kind of Black (Netflix, 2018) is an Australian comedy drama series. The series follows DJ Monthy and his brother who find themselves subject to abuse due to racism against the police....  more

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